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Prof. Katherine Mooney's book Racehorse Men: How Slavery and Freedom were made at the Racetrack has received honorable mention for the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize of the Organizational of American Historians. The prize is awarded to the best first book in the field of American history. The book also received the North American Society for Sports History Book Prize and the Kentucky Historical Society's Governor's Award. Congratulations!

Members of the history department continue to gather local, national, and international awards. Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Arad Gigi for his Chateaubriand Fellowship, Ph.D. candidate Scott Shubitz for his Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship from the Massachusetts Historical Society, Ph.D. candidate Chris Juergens for his Walbolt Dissertation Fellowship, Ph.D. candidate Hendry Miller for his Martin-Vegue Dissertation Fellowship, honors graduate Kristen Forehand for her Kingsbury Writing Award, Profs. Jonathan Grant and Robinson Herrera for their University Undergraduate Teaching Awards, and Prof.

Prof. Alex Aviña was interviewed by New Books in History about his Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside (Oxford University Press, 2014). Listen to his interview with Ryan Kashanipour (57:20) here.

Professor Jennifer Koslow was featured on the American Historical Association's blog AHA Today on April 1. She tells us about her early experiences with public history, her current research, and her current favorite film. Remarkably, Prof. Koslow holds off until the third sentence of the profile before mentioning Tenafly, NJ. Read the full spotlight here.

FSU History invites you to its first annual James P. Jones Lecture in American History. Brian Delay(UC Berkeley) will speak on "Dambreaking: Mercantilism, Armaments, and the Demolition of Europe's America." Delay is author of War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War (2008). The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 2, 2015, 5-7 PM at the FSU Alumni Center Ballroom, 1030 West Tennessee Street, Tallahassee.

On Monday, March 2nd, Professor Patrice Gueniffey is going to give a talk on "Napoleon Hero." Professor Gueniffey is a student of Francois Furet and Furet's successor as director of the Centre Raymond Aron at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. The talk is based on Bonaparte (1769-1802), his new biography of Napoleon, which has already sold more than 30,000 copies in France in less than a year, and is on the point of appearing in English translation with Harvard. Sponsored by the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution, his talk will take place 5:30-7:00 PM at the Globe (Center for Global Engagement) in the main auditorium on the Florida State University campus.

Annika Culver has won the 2015 Book Prize of the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies for her book Glorify the Empire : Japanese Avant-garde Propaganda in Manchukuo (University of British Columbia Press, 2013; University of Washington Press, 2014). More details here. Congratulations, Annika!

Prof. Charles Upchurch has been invited to deliver the inaugural Allan Horsfall Lecture at the British National Conference of LGBT History, which will be held in Manchester on February 14, 2015. He will lecture on his recent research on "Human Rights in the 1820s," arguing that that attempts to decriminalise inter-male sex in Britain began more than 100 years before current estimates.